Melissa Crossett is a 6-year-old first grade student at Jamesville Elementary who came up with a plan to help people in need this holiday season.
She started "Melissa's Cupboard" in October to collect donations to bring to the Jamesville Food Pantry.
When asked what made her realize other people needed her help, Crossett said, "because they're not as lucky as I am".
As Crossett spreads holiday cheer to those in need, her neighbor Natalie Finocchiaro is trying to spread the word about her selfless young friend.
"I thought it would be good for people to know that a little 6 year old girl is doing so much to help people," says Finocchiaro.
The Jamesville Dewitt food pantry they didn't even know about Crossett's donations until I told them about it. But the coordinator, Linda Hevner, says they're very grateful for this Thanksgiving surprise.
"Very grateful, very surprised, and very happy that she would be willing to do that. So thanks for calling me," says Hevner.
The pantry serves 100 families and about 60 kids. They can use every donation they get.
"It's a great community and we've got much support and I'm sure by Melissa's example we will get more because she's raised awareness about this important need," says Hevner.
"I'm very glad to help people that don't have lots of food," says Crossett.
Crossett will be collecting donations until December 15.
To donate to the Jamesville Dewitt Food Pantry, you can stop by every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. You can also drop off donations every third Saturday of the month from 9am to 11am. The food pantry is located at 6486 East Seneca Turnpike in Jamesville.